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Near the end of my pregnancy I was asked by my doctor if I wanted to schedule an induction date for this boy. I really wasn't sure about the whole process, but in the end I set a date for the 17th - two days before my due date. I have heard some horrible induction stories so I was a little nervous, but I was also ready to be done with pregnancy, and worried about this boy growing too big. I still had everything prepared beforehand in case he decided to come early, but like Sophie, he was set to cook until the timer went off.
It was a strange feeling to know exactly when I would be having a baby, but also kind of nice. I was able to get all my errands done, my house cleaned, work squared away, prepare Sophie for what was going to happen, take a shower, eat a nice meal, and get a good night's rest. It was also nice to never have to wonder if I was actually in labor and just show up at the hospital at the appointed time to get the party started.
We got called to come in at 6:30 am and were taken straight up to labor and delivery. I got settled in, met my team of nurses, and was started on pitocin by 7:30 am. The contractions started right away, but they weren't painful and I was able to relax and watch some tv with Dave until the doctor arrived around 9:00 am to break my water.
As soon as he broke my water the contractions started to become more intense and after about 20 minutes I called the nurse and said I was ready for the epidural. The process wasn't as smooth this time, but still worth every penny that insurance doesn't cover. This time my left side immediately went numb, but on my right side I only felt some tingling in my toes. Everything else felt normal. They had me lie on my side and gave me two extra doses to try and get the medicine to cross over. After an hour things still hadn't really changed and they were about to try something else, when the drugs finally kicked in. Hooray! Unfortunately my left side fully absorbed all three doses and was so numb that I couldn't move that leg for a few hours, but I'll still take that over feeling everything.
At this point I was now dilated to a 5, and then quickly progressed to an 8, and then the doctor came back because I was likely to deliver within the hour. There were slight traces of merconium in my amniotic fluid so they called the respiratory unit up to be on hand in case he inhaled any during delivery. There were also a team of BYU student nurses at the hospital who hadn't seen a birth yet because it was a slow day at the hospital, so I said it would be alright if they all came in to observe. It was a full house!
When it was time to start pushing it only took two contraction cycles before he was out. He came out with a head of dark hair and screaming! Respiratory quickly assessed him and determined he was fine, but while they were there they went ahead and performed the other newborn checks so all his screenings were completed right there in the delivery room and he never had to visit the nursery. The big surprise was his weight! I had a feeling he would be bigger than Sophie, and he did beat her out by a full pound, weighing in at 9 pounds, 2 ounces. I still can't believe I had a 9 pound baby in me that came out with only 2 pushes!
We had a super great nurse who took amazing care of me and baby David in the delivery room. She took this photo of us right after the birth with our new little boy. She brought him right over to me after he had been weighed and measured and helped me get him nursing right away. He nursed for a full 30 minutes right there in the room and hasn't really slowed down since.
After we had both been cleaned up a little, we were transferred down a floor to our room. The hospital had made a few changes since I delivered Sophie there three years ago, in efforts to keep mom and baby together as much as possible during that first day. One of the changes was that they now do bath in your room instead of the nursery. She put towels down on my lap and I got to hold him during his first bath. He really hated it and made sure we knew how unhappy he was!
Hair washing went a bit better than the bath, but he still wasn't fully happy until he was back in a blanket in my arms
When they took his footprints his feet barely fit on the pad - that's my big boy!
My mom and dad arrived with Sophie around dinner time. At home she had told me that she didn't want to hold baby brother or see him at the hospital, so I was curious to see how she would do when she got there. First she ran to see me and Dave, but after that she decided she did actually want to see her brother and was very sweet and loving with him. She was fascinated by his face and fingers, and did agree to hold him on her lap if Grandmari was also holding her.
We only spent one night at the hospital and Dave stayed with me in the room. Dave really enjoyed that March Madness also started on the same day so there was basketball to watch all day long. We could have stayed another night if we wanted to, but Davey passed all his tests and we were ready to get back to our own home and beds so there was no real reason to stay. Plus it's really hard to get any rest when someone is coming to check on you or the baby every few hours!
Overall, this birth was a great experience and I have to say that I will choose being induced again in the future if it's an option. We are so grateful that everything went well with this pregnancy and delivery. We love this little guy so much and are so excited to have him in our family. I can't wait to watch him learn and grow!